LAZARUS TRANSFORMATION OF THE PHYSICAL BODY
2Corinthians 4:10-11 NKJV: always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. (11) For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
These scriptures reveal the fact that God wants His life to be made manifest in our MORTAL BODIES NOW, in this lifetime BEFORE the resurrection and glorification of our bodies.
This truth is typified by the raising of Lazarus from the dead BEFORE the Lord Jesus was resurrected:
John 11:23-25 NKJV: Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” (24) Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” (25) Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
Notice that Martha believed Lazarus would be raised from the dead IN THE RESURRECTION AT THE LAST DAY, BUT she did not believe that he could be raised from the dead after four days in the grave. In the same manner, most Christians believe in the resurrection at the last day, BUT DO NOT BELIEVE the life of God can be made manifest, like it was in the Lord Jesus’ physical body, in our mortal bodies NOW, to MANIFEST THE GLORY OF GOD, IN THIS LIFE TIME! We therefore refer to this experience as the Lazarus transformation of the physical body: NOT the resurrection or glorification of the physical body.
However, observe here that the Lord Jesus declares by FAITH that He is the Resurrection and Life BEFORE He was resurrected and He used that life that was in His spirit, soul and body to raise Lazarus from the dead AFTER four days in the grave.
In the same manner, God, BEFORE OUR RESURRECTION, is going to transform (change NOT resurrect or glorify) our mortal bodies, so they will become like the physical body of the Lord Jesus: free from the sin-nature so we can manifest the glory of God by the power of the Spirit without measure, like the Lord Jesus did through His natural, physical body.
Paul, by the Holy Spirit, reveals to us that this experience is available to us in Christ in:
Philippians 3:11-12 AMP: That if possible I may attain to the [ N1 spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body]. (12) Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
Here, Paul tells us that he is pressing on to attain this transformation of his physical body, but he had not reached it yet.
This experience of the transformation of the physical body is reserved for us in this 3rd. day (Lk. 13:32) to fulfill:
John 17:22-23 NIV: I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— (23) I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
John 14:12 NKJV: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
Ephesians 3:19 NKJV: to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
The purpose of this transformation of the physical body is to manifest the same glory the Lord Jesus did (Jn.2:11) in this lifetime (1 Jn.4:17) and so to demonstrate (1 Cor.2:4; Heb. 6:5) the powers of the age to come to ALL tribes and tongues as a WITNESS to them before the end comes (Mt. 24:14) in the Man-Child rapture (Rev.12:5, 1 Cor. 15:22-23).
This transformation takes place by praying in tongues and groanings to pump the life and power of God from our spirits into our souls and bodies as shown in:
Romans 8:23 AMP: Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.
Romans 8:26 NIV: In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
John 11:33 NKJV: Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled.
John 11:38 NKJV: Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it.
2Corinthians 5:2-5 NKJV: For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, (3) if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. (4) For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. (5) Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
The Lord Jesus Himself prayed like this when He was on earth as shown in:
Hebrews 5:7 KJV: Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
So we should pray with tongues and groaning in this manner on a daily and weekly basis, like the Lord Jesus did when He was on earth, to constantly pump the life of God into our physical bodies and so gradually transform them to become spiritual ‘super conductors’ of the life of God that will manifest the glory of God!